Citizens Police Academy

Community Policing

In order to provide the citizens of Hartselle the opportunity to learn more about their police department, officers, support staff, and the day-to-day operations of the department, the City of Hartselle Police Department is sponsoring a Citizens Police Academy.

Residents of the City of Hartselle and the surrounding area who are at least 19 years of age or older, are eligible to attend the Citizens Police Academy. Applicants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. In order to preserve an acceptable student-to-instructor ratio, class size is limited to 20 students.

If you are interested in attending the Citizens Police Academy, or for more information please email Linda Fox at

While every effort is made to enroll all applicants, the Hartselle Police Department reserves the right to deny applications based on an individual's known criminal history.

Students must attend both sessions consisting of two consecutive Saturdays in order to receive a certificate of program completion. There is no fee to participate, and all necessary class materials are provided. Each student will receive a Citizens Police Academy T-shirt and a certificate of completion.

The Academy Class

The academy class is comprised of two sessions which are held on consecutive Saturdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Hartselle Public Safety Building located at 200 N. Sparkman Street NW. The course covers many different areas within the Police Department including administration and budget, patrol duties, criminal investigation, narcotics investigation, as well as all other operations within the department.

A unique portion of the program is hands-on-training in which citizens take an active role in working through different simulations regarding officer responsibility. Simulations include topics such as traffic stops and domestic situations. Also included as part of the hands-on training, citizens will be able to attend a firearms familiarization course where they will learn about and fire department issued weapons.

Alumni Association

The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association exists to assist the Hartselle Police Department with its overall mission. The Alumni Association supports the Police Department by volunteering and fostering the belief that the preservation of public welfare is the duty of every citizen. As a citizen group, the Alumni Association offers a helping hand to the Hartselle Community in an effort to improve the quality of life by developing and coordinating various projects that are meaningful and rewarding experiences for our community. The Hartselle Police Department provides the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association with education in law enforcement and community concerns.

For more information, contact Lieutenant Linda Fox at 256-751-4924.